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IRSCL 22nd Biennial Congress August 2015

The 22nd Biennial Congress of IRSCL will be held by the International Forum for Research in Children’s Literature, Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts, at the University of Worcester, UK, 8th-12 August 2015.

Congress title

‘Creating Childhoods’

Congress Themes

Writers, artists, and academics variously create, interpret, and re-create notions of childhood. Within the academy, the field of children’s literature is increasingly inter- and multi-disciplinary. The theme of this Congress, together with the associated sub-themes listed below, is intended to enable exploration, interrogation, and analysis of children’s literature text(s) in the widest interpretation, and international childhoods. The conference will be organized thematically, although we also encourage cross-over papers that integrate more than one theme.

  • The (human) body, child health, and well-being
  • Creating childhoods through narrative, drama, poetry, illustration, film, and other media
  • The child in myth and folklore
  • The child in history and historical discourses

Convenor: Prof Jean Webb (Director, International Forum for Children’s Literature, University of Worcester)
Dates: August 8-12th 2015
Host Institution: University of Worcester, Worcester, UK

Speakers

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Dr Anto Thomas Chakramakkil
Dr Anto Thomas Chakramakkil

St Thomas’s College,
Kerala, India
Dr Nina Christensen
Dr Nina Christensen
Director of The Centre for Children’s Literature,
Aarhus University, Denmark
 Julia Eccleshare
Julia Eccleshare
The Guardian Children’s Books Editor
Prof Michelle Martin 
Prof Michelle Martin
Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy,
University of South
Carolina, USA
Prof Maria Nikolajeva 
Prof Maria Nikolajeva
Professor of Education,
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
 Prof Derek M. Peters
Prof Derek M. Peters
Professor of Sport, Health and Exercise Science,
University of Worcester
A picture of Roger McGough
Roger McGough OBE
Call for papers

Call for papers

Creating Childhoods

Congress Themes: 
Writers, artists, and academics variously create, interpret, and re-create notions of childhood. Within the academy, the field of children’s literature is increasingly inter- and multi-disciplinary. The theme of this Congress, together with the associated sub-themes listed below, is intended to enable exploration, interrogation, and analysis of children’s literature text(s) in the widest interpretation, and international childhoods. The conference will be organized thematically, although we also encourage cross-over papers that integrate more than one theme.

Themes:
• The (human) body, child health, and well-being
• Creating childhoods through narrative, drama, poetry, illustration, film, and other media
• The child in myth and folklore
• The child in history and historical discourses

How to apply:
Papers will be 20 minutes long maximum.
You may combine themes e.g. illustration and history.
All the seminar rooms where the papers will be given are fully equipped with AVA facilities, Powerpoint, internet etc.

Please send an abstract of 250 - 500 words maximum clearly stating:
• The theme(s) you are working under as listed above
• An outline of your paper clearly stating the line of argument
• Your name
• E-mail address
• Your institution
• A short biography of 50-100 words giving your name: institutional affiliation: one or two publications.
• Suggestions for panels of 3-4 papers are also welcomed.
• Whether you would be willing to Chair a session
Please include the primary theme you are submitting under in your message heading as follows e.g.: 

IRSCL2015 your name Illustration and History 

Submit your responses to:
IRSCL2015@worc.ac.uk
Submission date by December 1st, 2014

Convenor: Prof Jean Webb.


Information

Conference information

The Congress runs from Saturday August 8th to Wednesday August 12th on the St John’s campus, University of Worcester. Accommodation is at the St John's Campus where the conference will be held, and at the City Campus, both with high quality student flats. The City Campus is a 20-minute pleasant walk from the St John's campus and a 20-minute walk from Worcester Foregate Street railway station. City campus is very close to restaurants for evening meals, and other facilities such as grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacy, and post office.

The general schedule of the conference is as the following:

 Day/Date Registration Keynote speech Paper sessions
Saturday 8th August 2015 9.30am - 4.30pm 4.30pm - Welcome speech by President of IRSCL
5.00pm - Keynote lecture by Prof Maria Nikolajeva
N/A
Reception at St John's Campus
Sunday 9th August 2015 8.00am - 8.30am 8.30am - 9.30am 9.30am - 5.45pm
Lunch 1.00pm - 2.00pm 
Monday 10th August 2015 8.00am - 8.30am 8.30am - 9.30am
9.30am - 5.45pm
Lunch 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Free afternoon 
Tuesday 11th August 2015 8.00am - 8.30am 8.30am - 9.30am
9.30am - 5.45pm
Lunch 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Congress dinner (if you have booked) 7.00pm
Wednesday 12th August 2015 8.00am - 8.30am 8.30am - 9.30am
9.30am - 1.00pm
Closing remarks by President of IRSCL, followed by lunch

We hope to have registration desks at each site according to where you have booked your accommodation. Breakfast is provided as part of your accommodation booking. The registration and helpdesk at the St John’s campus will be attended through the whole of each day of the conference.

Map of Worcester [PDF]